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Online Rusty Miller

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MFT
« on: February 18, 2007, 08:40 AM »
Just got my first MFT 1080 yesterday.  Got it set up Sat. evening, but still haven't cut anything on it yet.  I know this thing is going to improve my woodworking.  Now that it's in my shop I'll have to get Jerry's manual out and really go through it. 

All ya, they have a Domino at the Ft Worth Woodcraft store and I got to play with it too!


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Offline HowardH

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Re: MFT
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2007, 02:42 PM »
I was supposed to get mine on Friday but the idiot driver never delivered it.  Should be at the office tomorrow sometime so I'm looking forward to exploring all the possibilities.  The Dallas Woodcraft had a domino yesterday.  I found it very ironic that they were giving a class on hand motise and tenoning while I was holding the domino.  I thought about catching the attention of the instructor and just waiving the Domino but figured that would be bad form...
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Re: MFT
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2007, 06:09 PM »
Howard,

Just got the rest of the setting up done.  Got it set to cut square.  Boy, I'm gona love this thing.
As for the Domino, man that thing is just to neat.  I didn't mess with it but a few minutes but in looks great and cuts easily.  My problem now is that I want one of everything that Festool makes and I don't know what to buy next.  It will probably be the Domino so I can get it at the discount.

Rusty
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Offline HowardH

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Re: MFT
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2007, 08:57 PM »
I sold my Leigh FMT last week so I have about $700 sitting in my Paypal account waiting for the drawings to conclude.  So if I don't win a Domino, I'll be ordering one shortly thereafter!  If I do win, then it will be the OF1400 and a few accessories.  Not counting on it though.  I would imagine the router will have to come a bit later in the spring.  I'll have to either buy one of the systainer racks or build one like I've see on the site.  Would be a good project!
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Offline bill-e

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Re: MFT
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2007, 10:05 PM »
Just used my new MFT to square up a tabletop and shelf...way easier than the TS.

Offline Cynric Williams

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Re: MFT
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2007, 04:14 AM »
Just used my new MFT to square up a tabletop and shelf...way easier than the TS.
Agreed, the MFT was my last purchase after the  Saw, Domino, Vac and Router. I should have bought it ages ago with the saw as it unifies the whole system. Having had mine for five days I would say it is the key to getting the most out of the Festool system

Offline JayStPeter

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Re: MFT
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2007, 07:49 AM »
I just recently got an MFT myself.  My first use was this weekend installing a laminate floor.  Not a real exciting test, but it was really the perfect device for the purpose.  Having a new guide rail made me realize how badly I need to replace the rubber strip on my others.  I'll put some blocks under it to raise it up once installed in my shop.
Jay St. Peter

Offline Bob Marino

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Re: MFT
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2007, 08:41 AM »
 The MFT is an incredibly useful tool, to say the least. Can't see a shop full of Festool tools without it.

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Offline woodshrink

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Re: MFT
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2007, 10:17 PM »
Hello to all on the list. This is my first post.

First I needed a new sander and after researching on the net I decided to drive to my local dealer to try out the RO 125 and the RO 150 with the CT 22. I ended up taking the RO 125 and a CT 22 home with me that day. Long before I needed a new sander I needed at new router, so I went back and tried the Festool Routers. Now I have an OF 1400. All along I have been reading this forum and other reviews about the Festool sanders, routers, and most especially the MFT/TS 55 combination. I had pretty much given up using plywood because it was too hard to cut on my TS and a panel saw was just out of the question. So now I just finished setting up the MFT 1080/TS 55 combination. This has all happened in a week. My wallet is so light I'm about to float away, but deep down I think I am going to save a lot of time, breathe better, and maybe even produce better work with my new tools.

My wallet demands that I take a break, but I had the new domino all to myself for as long as I wanted at the dealer. It's a small place in Maine, so they even brought in a few more pieces of wood for me to join together. I am not an expert furniture maker, but within a few minutes of using that domino I sorta looked like one. I think the domino will have huge effects on the woodworking industry.

I will have a domino in April :)

Kevin (the Woodshrink)

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Re: MFT
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2007, 09:31 AM »
Kevin,
   Welcome...a good first post. I don't know if you have found it yet, but take a look at my site, woodshopdemos.com and more specifically...the Festool sub-menu there.
http://www.woodshopdemos.com/men-fes.htm

A lot of the people here, look for the attractive assistants, but you will see through this and enjoy the content..
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Offline bill-e

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Re: MFT
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2007, 03:42 PM »
Kevin,
   Welcome...a good first post. I don't know if you have found it yet, but take a look at my site, woodshopdemos.com and more specifically...the Festool sub-menu there.
http://www.woodshopdemos.com/men-fes.htm

A lot of the people here, look for the attractive assistants, but you will see through this and enjoy the content..


John, wow, after all this time I just realized that they were using Festool tools! ;)

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Re: MFT
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2007, 03:48 PM »

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John, wow, after all this time I just realized that they were using Festool tools! ;)
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   They sure can make a pretty tool, purtier, can't they?
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Offline bill-e

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Re: MFT
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2007, 04:39 PM »
John, stop it!!!   :P

Offline bill-e

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Re: MFT
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2007, 05:08 PM »
The MFT is an incredibly useful tool, to say the least. Can't see a shop full of Festool tools without it.

 Bob

Bob,

I see myself eventually owning 2 MFT's.  I cant get over how much I like having the first one.

Offline Mirko

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Re: MFT
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2007, 06:23 PM »
John,
When is that DVD coming out?

Hope to see "Gone Wild" somwhere in the title ;D
Carpentry Coeds G...  sorry, couldnt resist ;)

Mirko

Offline HowardH

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Re: MFT
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2007, 11:49 PM »
Got my MFT yesterday and is it a beaut!  One comment, though.  Festool could learn a lot by looking at Leigh manuals.  The instructions for setup sucked! I pretty much had to figure out the whole thing.  It appears that I got it square but I haven't cut anything yet on it to see.  Manual aside, I'm very pleased with its constuction but I understand the comments about the angle unit being a bit loose.  Can hardly wait until this weekend to try it out!
Howard H
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Offline ejantny

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Re: MFT
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2007, 08:37 AM »
I have to agree the manuals do leave a lot to be desired.

Found out by going online to look at the pdf manuals helps alot.

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Re: MFT
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2007, 08:54 AM »
 I think Festool (Festool USA at least) recognizes that their standard manuals leave much to be desired. That's where manuals by Rick Christopherson, Gerry Work, Bill Esposito and the slew of tutorials by John Lucas really aid the customer in getting the most from these tools.

Bob
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Offline HowardH

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Re: MFT
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2007, 03:44 PM »
I printed Gerry's manual so I'll be reading up on it.  From what I have read, the Domino is very intuitive so I shouldn't have to rely on the manual so much.  Got two more chances so keeping my fingers crossed.
Howard H
The Dallas Texas Festool Fanatic!

Mark Twain:  "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a letter approving of it." "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

mft1080, Trion, MFT/3, T15, OF 1400, RO150FEQ, TS55, RTS400, CT22, CT36E, 800, 1080, 1400, 1900 rails, CSX, Vecturo, Qwas dogs, Parf Dogs, Zobo's, Syslite Uni, CMS GE

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: MFT
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2007, 05:51 PM »
I just recently got an MFT myself.  My first use was this weekend installing a laminate floor.  Not a real exciting test, but it was really the perfect device for the purpose.  Having a new guide rail made me realize how badly I need to replace the rubber strip on my others.  I'll put some blocks under it to raise it up once installed in my shop.

Jay,

Remember that you may be able to remove and reposition a used rubber edge strip.  Of course, I don't recommend trying this if you don't have a spare replacement strip or another guide rail with strip that you can use if repositioning is not successful.
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Offline Jim Dailey

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Re: MFT
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2007, 07:39 PM »
Howard,

Based on a post by Rick Christopherson, he is working currently on the new Domino manual to be shipped April 1st.  Based on the previous well written manuals he has produced for Festool USA for the AFT 55, TS 55, & the OF 1400,  I believe you will find the manual as a great reference for the Domi.

In the interim, Bill E's online review with it's very detail photo's so give you a great walk thru of the capabilities.

jim

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Offline Tinker

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Re: MFT
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2007, 09:35 AM »
I have been useing my MFT 1080 for just about everythng that I have ever seen mentioned from production cross cutting by making full use of the width uf the table and lining up several pieces to be cut at same time, ripping, squaring of cuts, and so on.  One use i have not seen yet is flattening out warped lumber.  I have a couple of 18" x 12'  and 2 16"x12'  #2 pine that I ran across about three years ago.  I also have a piece of 15"x6' clear pine. (rescued from a demolition project, so a few nicks & scratches) All of these, being that you just don't find lumber that wide any more, have resided on my storage rack for years.  recently, I did a little rearranging and all of the above were unstacked and restacked, all of which must have upset the status quo of the moisture content and they all started to get a little curl.  I have a small "honeydoo" project for THE BOSS that will make use of the 15"x6' board.  That, having been on the top of the pile had developed a warp of nearly 1-1/2" from side to side.  I had a lot of snow plowing ahead of me, so i placed the board on my MFT and clamped it with the crown side down and clamps along each side.

My first clamps were applied thru the holes of the MFT, but as i tightened, I noticed I was pulling the mft swisscheese portion up to meet the lumber.  I undid the clamping and reset 4 clamps into the clamping channels at each end of the MFT and pulled the edges of the lumber down close to flat.  I then reset 4 more clamps thru holes along the edge of the boards and just snugged them down.  About 4 hours later, i found the clamps along the MFT top had loosened up, so i tightened them up.  This time, i was able to draw both edges of the board flat along their entire length.  That was over a week ago.  this morning, i decided to check and I went down to loosen all of the clamps.  The board is absolutely flat.  No curl whatsoever..  The table top has remained totally flat.

 I will be starting work on the project later today (hopefully) and will not have to do any planing to get started.  This is important, as the boards will be too wide to run thru my 12-1/2" planer.  Any planing would have to be done with hand planes.  Eventually, the Rotex 150 will be applied, but other than that, everything will be flat enough for starting the project (A tabletop & lazy susan to mount the kitchen located TV so it can be watched from either kitchen, or living room. About 90º to 120º rotation)  I will do the ends sort of bread board style with either red oak or walnut for the ends.  Not much of the wide board pine will show, but a little.  I am mainly interresed to see how the wide board reacts with time before I start attacking the 12 foot wideboards for some future projects in mind.  The first part of the experiment, flattening a badly cupped board with the MFT, has been successful.
Tinker
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Offline Dave Rudy

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Re: MFT
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2007, 10:02 AM »
I think Festool (Festool USA at least) recognizes that their standard manuals leave much to be desired. That's where manuals by Rick Christopherson, Gerry Work, Bill Esposito and the slew of tutorials by John Lucas really aid the customer in getting the most from these tools.

Bob

Bob,

Is Rick Christopherson's manual going to be included with every Domino, available online for download, or what?

Thanks

Dave

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Re: MFT
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2007, 09:08 AM »
I think Festool (Festool USA at least) recognizes that their standard manuals leave much to be desired. That's where manuals by Rick Christopherson, Gerry Work, Bill Esposito and the slew of tutorials by John Lucas really aid the customer in getting the most from these tools.

Bob

Bob,

Is Rick Christopherson's manual going to be included with every Domino, available online for download, or what?

Thanks

Dave
Dave, Yes :)

Offline Dave Rudy

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Re: MFT
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2007, 10:35 AM »
Thanks Bill.  That table is sure looking beautiful so far.

Dave

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Re: MFT
« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2007, 11:10 AM »
I think Festool (Festool USA at least) recognizes that their standard manuals leave much to be desired. That's where manuals by Rick Christopherson, Gerry Work, Bill Esposito and the slew of tutorials by John Lucas really aid the customer in getting the most from these tools.

Bob

Is their a website where one can view all of these manual?

If they aren't on this forum already I think it would be a great place to have them

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Offline JJSchumer

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Re: MFT
« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2007, 09:54 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I personally can't imagine working without an MFT !!
I love it so much I now have 3
(all of which came from Bob Marino, thanks again Bob for the great service)
2- 1080's and 1 - 800.
I use one 1080 for all sawing exercises, the other two are joined together
for assembly.
I posted on the old group about turning one into a portable
router table. I have done that and will post pics once my camera comes back from repairs!!
So far so good, it works great and while on the jobsite I can clamp things onto the
MFT. 
As far as the angle stop moving.......I don't have an issue with that, I just use the clamp
to secure the fence.

John


 
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Offline Jon3

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Re: MFT
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2007, 02:40 PM »
Kevin,
   Welcome...a good first post. I don't know if you have found it yet, but take a look at my site, woodshopdemos.com and more specifically...the Festool sub-menu there.
http://www.woodshopdemos.com/men-fes.htm

A lot of the people here, look for the attractive assistants, but you will see through this and enjoy the content..


John, wow, after all this time I just realized that they were using Festool tools! ;)

There are tools in the photos?
TS55, CT22, ES125EQ, Domino, C12, RO125, OF1010, OF1400